Sydney, resplendent day or night, is easy to love. But, if you’re looking to escape the rush of the city for a weekend getaway in regional New South Wales, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve handpicked a collection of the best weekend getaways in NSW that are perfect for a luxury escape from Sydney with family or friends. Each of these luxury retreats promises plenty of rest and relaxation for your next weekend away, and all are within a few hours of Sydney.

These weekend escapes from Sydney are perfect for groups of families and friends. For more intimate properties for couples, check out our list of the Top Romantic Getaways in NSW.

 Diggers Beach Cottage

16. Diggers Beach Cottage, Coffs Harbour

Diggers Beach Cottage is set in the beach suburb of Diggers Beach, just under ten minutes from Central Coffs Harbour. This 3-bedroom cottage boasts a new modern kitchen, open plan living and two bathrooms. It’s also just a short drive from shops, restaurants and beautiful Diggers Beach where you can go for a swim, surf or walk along Coffs’ favourite beach.

Sails Port Macquarie

15. Sails Port Macquarie, Mid North Coast

Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges is a beautiful waterfront hotel in Port Macquarie featuring elegant rooms & suites, a contemporary restaurant, a selection of bars and a private jetty. Here you can relax in a private cabana by the heated pool, throw a line from the jetty, or go for a paddle in one of the hotel’s complimentary kayaks.

Peppers Manor House

14. Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands

A scenic 90-minute drive from Sydney, Peppers Manor House is a boutique hotel in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Set in Sutton Forest, just 15 minutes from Bowral, this is an elegant country estate that oozes world charm. Whether you’re strolling through nature, playing croquet, relaxing beside the pool, or sipping afternoon tea, you’ll find this a welcome escape from city life.

13. Aloha Byron Bay, Byron Bay

Set in the heart of Byron, Aloha Byron Bay offers relaxed contemporary accommodation that is perfect for a getaway. The property consists of three studio-style villas, a two-bedroom apartment and a king studio that all share a pool, barbecue area and poolside kitchen. There is also a fully self-contained four-bedroom Beach House that has its own private pool and separate entry.

Brokenback Views Country Estate

12. Brokenback Views Country Estate, Hunter Valley

Located centrally in Pokolbin near Roche Estate, Brokenback Views Country Estate is a place to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate, while being close to all the attractions of the Hunter Valley. The estate comprises of individually designed, luxury self-contained villas surrounded by spectacular country views across the lake and the Brokenback Ranges.

11. Gibraltar Hotel Bowral, Southern Highlands

Nestled in the lush forests, fields and gardens of Bowral, Gibraltar Hotel is an exceptional boutique accommodation in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Surrounded by stunning views, the hotel boasts a luxurious day spa, a challenging golf course, and a fine dining restaurant and bar. This property is a great choice for a weekend getaway or special occasion.

Mercure Kooindah Waters

10. Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Central Coast

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort boasts a golf course, tennis court, gym, pool, day spa & an exceptional beachfront location. Nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake, this Central Coast resort offers a choice of studio guest rooms or self-contained 1, 2, or 3 bedroom apartments perfect for families or groups.

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

9. Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Just 90 minutes drive from Sydney, Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains is perched on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. This impressive mountain resort offers an extensive range of dining options and a host of leisure facilities that are suitable for the whole family.

Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

8. Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast, Wyong

Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf Resort is one of those places where the pace slows the moment you arrive. Here you can totally relax whilst enjoying the brilliant sunshine, gourmet food and wine, and endless recreation facilities on offer, all just 90 minutes from Sydney. With a choice of rooms & apartments, this is a perfect getaway for groups small or large.

The Convent Hunter Valley

7. The Convent, Hunter Valley

Set in an enchanting historic building and nestled in one of Australia’s premier wine regions, The Convent is an intimate boutique hotel in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Here you can indulge in exceptional food and wine in the award-winning restaurant, Circa 1876, while surrounded by rich produce-filled gardens and gorgeous acreage views.

6. Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains, Dubbo

Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo allows you to experience a slice of Africa without leaving Australia. The lodge is positioned right beside a stunning savannah that is home to giraffes, rhinos, zebra and antelope. This African safari-style experience is inclusive of breakfast, zoo entry and bike hire. Choose the Animal View Lodge for the best views.

Crystalbrook Kingsley

5. Crystalbrook Kingsley, Newcastle

The newest of the Crystalbrook hotels, Kingsley is Newcastle’s first five-star luxury hotel. Boasting seriously sophisticated rooms, Kingsley is culturally connected, sustainably-led and steeped in history. The hotel offers a relaxed deli-style cafe, an elegant cocktail lounge and a rooftop restaurant where you can take in the city’s stunning views.

4. Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth, New England

Fresh from a multi million dollar makeover, Powerhouse Hotel Tamworth by Rydges is the premier luxury hotel in the beautiful New England region. Located only a few minutes from the CBD, this stylish property boasts gorgeous guest rooms and suites, along with a restaurant, bar, gym, outdoor pool, spa, BBQ area, sauna and guest laundry.

3. Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay

Nestled in 45-acres of dense subtropical rainforest, Crystalbrook Byron is a celebration of nature, luxury and relaxation. Start your day with a morning yoga session before indulging in a rejuvenating treatment at Eléme Day Spa and some time at the pool. Later, take a stroll through the rainforest to nearby Tallow Beach before dining at Forest, the resort’s onsite restaurant.

Bannisters Port Stephens

2. Bannisters Port Stephens

Bannisters newest hotel in Port Stephens is surrounded by water, koala habitat and a sense of peace and seclusion. Here you can wake up in your stylish guest room or suite before spending the day by the pool where you can relax & take in the stunning views. Later, dine in the renowned Rick Stein restaurant where you can enjoy the finest locally sourced ingredients from ocean to plate every day.

1. Ocean Farm, Gerringong

Perched on the coastline of Gerringong is Ocean Farm – a stunning hideaway nestled amongst the rolling hills of the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales. This 4-bedroom holiday home boasts absolute privacy, panoramic ocean views and breathtaking scenery, making it the ideal choice for a family getaway or a relaxing break with friends.

Looking for the perfect accommodation for a weekend getaway from Sydney? Browse our full collection of luxury accommodation in New South Wales.

Image credit: Ocean Farm


Mat is a self-confessed travel addict who has lived and travelled extensively around the world. One of the co-founders of View Retreats, he has a passion for impressive architecture, interior design, and exceptional service …. which, unsurprisingly, are all the hallmarks of the View Retreats collection!